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European Dream

8 Day Tour of Italy, Switzerland and France

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European Dream
8 Days
4 Countries

Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

6 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris

10 Meals

2 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

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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If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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A Multi-Country tour is an excellent way to experience several top European destinations in just one trip. Visit famous sites, wander the city streets with locals, indulge in delicious meals in family homes, and fully immerse yourself in the highlights and history of each place. The perfect sampler, Multi-Country tours are an excellent choice for first-time travelers to Europe.

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Hit the ground running on this 8-day Europe trip, transporting you to the beating heart of glittering cities and the picture-perfect countryside. You’ll know dreams do come true as you admire Paris, Michelangelo’s talents and lap up lakeside living in Lucerne.

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Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Ciao Roma! Welcome to the 'Eternal City' – once home to gods and goddesses, emperors, senators and slaves. Explore the city's bustling boulevards and labyrinthine lanes before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a welcome Dinner. This evening, we embark on an orientation drive revealing some of the city's most celebrated sights.

Car on a street in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

The Holy See takes center stage today as we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will see us visit the 16th-century St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and witness Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. We cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to delve into what was once the largest empire in the world and view such ancient sites as the imposing Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves duelled to their deaths. Consider an Optional Experience to gain fast-track access to see the magnificent frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Rome City Tour

Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you past the city's most iconic sites.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Inside The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Onwards to Florence

We travel north into the vineyard-clad hills of Tuscany and along the Arno River Valley bound for an unforgettable visit to a 12th-century castle where the Pazzi plot against the ruling Medici family was hatched so many centuries ago. Here you’ll Connect With Locals over lunch during an exclusive Be My Guest experience, learning all about the family feud and taking a tour of the castle, including its infamous dungeons. Beyond the extraordinary opportunity to dine in a Tuscan castle, you’ll know that your visit is helping to preserve this historic building for generations to come. Continue to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance where you’ll learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, join a Local Specialist for an enchanting encounter with one of the world's cultural centers, admiring the exquisite architecture and artistry around every turn. You won’t be able to tear your eyes from the beauty of the marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of Florence, before arriving at your hotel.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio and enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet with olive oil and wine tasting
Enjoy a Traditional Tuscan Buffet at the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio

The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan Be M...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience View of fields in Tuscany, Italy
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Journey to the Canals of Venice

The romantic island city of Venice is our final destination today. We take to San Marco's waters, cruising the canals and admiring views of the imposing St. Mark's Basilica and ornate Doge's Palace. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, we’ll witness the centuries-old art of Venetian glassblowing using the same techniques that have been passed down through the generations. You’ll watch master craftsmen shaping the molten glass into the delicate pieces of art that adorn homes the world over, perhaps inspired to buy a souvenir for your own home to remind you of your visit. Later, we’ll enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore narrow calle in search of a cozy bacaro where you can enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine washed down with a Venetian Spritz, or two. Take some time, venture to the enchanting canal-side setting of St. Mark's Square. The sounds of talented musicians, seagulls and lapping water provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable sunset over the Grand Canal.

Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Across the Alps to Lucerne

We depart Venice, traveling north into the picturesque Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Slicing through the Alps, we arrive in Switzerland and the laid-back lakeside city of Lucerne. The city is perhaps most famous for its solid wooden Chapel Bridge and poignant Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, amble through the Old Town or consider joining an Optional Experience and ascend one of the surrounding mountain peaks for panoramic views.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Astoria Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Enjoy a drive past stunning Alpine landscape, Switzerland
Scenic Drive Through the Alps

Marvel at the Alpine landscape as you drive past breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Mount Pilatus and lake cruise in Lucerne, Switzerland
Mount Pilatus and Lake Cruise

A series of cable cars will take us gradually up through the fields and forests to the summit of Lucerne's most well-known mountain. Here you have ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Mount Pilatus in Switzerland
Mount Pilatus Explorer

Enjoy a scenic drive to the cog-wheel railway, where we’ll board the train to Mount Pilatus’ summit. Here you’ll have time to explore, admire the v...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Through Burgundy to Paris

From Lucerne, we head into France and through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of the country's largest wine-producing areas. Arriving in Paris, we enjoy a free evening. Wander up grand boulevards and through quaint squares, grab a bite to eat and sip wine at a cozy bistro or perhaps take a cruise on the Seine followed by a tour of Paris’s illuminations.

Grapes in vineyard in Burgundy, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Center Bercy
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the N...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore Elegant Paris

Join a Local Specialist today to delve into the artistic and historic treasures of Paris, including views of the elegant Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This afternoon, amble through the city’s stylish gardens, avenues and lanes, admiring the sophisticated atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to the exquisite Palace of Versailles. 

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Center Bercy
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Napoleons Tomb in Paris, France
Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monumen...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Versailles Palace and gardens in Paris, France
Versailles Palace and Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

It’s world famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Au Revoir Paris

After breakfast, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell as our memorable holiday comes to a close.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rome City Tour

Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you past the city's most iconic sites.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional Tuscan Buffet at the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio

The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan Be M...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Alps

Marvel at the Alpine landscape as you drive past breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

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 Rome, Florence, Paris and London with a Local Specialist
Discover Venice and Lucerne
Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and a glassblowing factory in Venice
View the Colosseum and other ancient sites in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White Cliffs of Dover, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament in London
See the Tuscan countryside, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefield in France
Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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
Inside The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and p...

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

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

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

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

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

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mount Pilatus and Lake Cruise

A series of cable cars will take us gradually up through the fields and forests to the summit of Lucerne's most well-known mountain. Here you have ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mount Pilatus Explorer

Enjoy a scenic drive to the cog-wheel railway, where we’ll board the train to Mount Pilatus’ summit. Here you’ll have time to explore, admire the v...

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

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the N...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monumen...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Versailles Palace and Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

It’s world famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). French is the official language of France. German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland. Italian is the official language of Italy.
  • Currency used in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout Great Britain and the Euro (€) is used in France, Switzerland, and Italy.
  • Capital City: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Paris (France), Bern (Switzerland), and Rome (Italy).
  • Time Zone(s) in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: Great Britain uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time and France, Switzerland, and Italy use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Great Britain, France, Switzerland, 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 Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

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

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

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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Rebeca Essing
Review date: Monday, January 8, 2024
Service
So easy to book and Lisa was so very helpful. Always answered my numerous questions right away when I emailed her and was always knowledgeable. Will definitely book again in the future!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is wonderful to hear! We will be sure to share your comments with Lisa and the rest of the GET team. We look forward to helping you plan that next adventure! Thank you!
Monday, January 8, 2024
Vacation
Loved all the places we visited. Only wish we could have stayed in each city one day longer.
Haywood Young
Review date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Service
good nothing soecial
Vacation
did not like paying extra for something that should have been included
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Service
Agent/representative I talked to was very patient and knowledgeable. She answered all my questions.
Vacation
Even though it was only a 10-day trip, my husband and I were able to see a lot of things. It was great to have an option to do things on your own.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Service
Booking was easy to do!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We try to make everything easy so all you have to do is enjoy your trip, which it sounds like you did. Thank you for sharing your comments!
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Our tour guide and driver were amazing. The local specialists knew their stuff and taught us so much! And the sights were amazing! Loved it!
Hazel Bloomfield
Review date: Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Service
GET promised thing that were not delivered. For example, we were told we would received a detailed schedule of each day prior to the trip and that was not provided. They also said they were experienced with serving people with severe allergies. And although I specified many times my son had a severe peanut allergy there were peanuts on our table our first night of dinner. Very upsetting!
Vacation
Amazing sights, Fantastic tour guide, great people!
Giovanni Valdivia
Review date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Service
It was great!! My agent always responded to my emails and questions. They were able to set everything up and leave me with no stress.
Vacation
The trip was once in a lifetime and you get to see huge attractions that make up Europe. When it says active be ready to take over 12,000 steps a day. You will be tired but you will never forget the experience.
Siew Wong
Review date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Service
Trip was very well planned to allow us to see the most places at a pace that was just right. Our tour director, Lucian Reed-Drake, deserves special recognition for his efforts to make the trip more informative and on schedule. We ran into major protest in Paris and Lucian went out of his way to make sure we get to our destinations on time despite all the havoc on the roads. He actually got out of the tour bus to manually remove road debris and brocades so our bus can pass through. Kudos to Lucian! Overall, a phenomenal touring experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your European Dream vacation and that your tour director was able to get you where you needed to be on time during the protests. Thank you so much for your positive feedback.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Vacation
Tour pricing is reasonable but need to budget for a lot of optional trips that could bump up the total cost substantially.
David Trabilsy
Review date: Monday, September 3, 2018
Service
This was our second trip with GET. Both were wonderful. Last year we went to Ireland. This year it was Europe and we recruited another couple to go with us. Everything was perfect. The tour guides could not have been better. They were knowledgeable, fun to be with, and highly organized. It's amazing how they were able to beautifully orchestrate everything we did. This is by far the best tour company we've ever had and we look forward to many more trips with GET in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for writing. We appreciate your business and are so pleased that your second trip was just as amazing as your first. We look forward to helping you plan trip number three!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Vacation
I don't have much more to add to what I've already stated. Graham was outstanding in all ways. Everything was perfectly arranged. It's amazing how well prepared he was, and how he was able to plan everything so efficiently. Informative, friendly, created a positive atmosphere for everyone, it's hard to imagine how he managed to do so much in such a short time. We saw so much, It was an incredible, memorable experience. I would recommend GET over every other tour company I know.
Laura Holland
Review date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Service
Our trip could not have been better thanks to our guide Bern. She was beyond perfect. We will def use this service again and I have already reccomended.
Vacation
Bern made us feel like we saw all the important highlights from each city. It was a little fast paced but that was expected. It was stress free and having the vip access enabling us to skip lines helped you make the most of every second.
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