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12 Day Europe Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

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14 Days
8 Countries

England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Netherlands

12 Cities

London, Dover, Calais, Paris, Lucerne, Florence, Rome, Vatican, Venice, Innsbruck, Rhineland, Amsterdam

17 Meals

13 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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Multi-Country Tours

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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Get out of that armchair and experience the beauty of Europe with her centuries-old history, vibrant cities and splendid landscapes. You’ll tick many bucket-list boxes on this 14 day trip that takes you from London to Paris, from the Swiss Alps to Italy, through the canals of Venice and St. Mark’s Square and on to Austria and finally through the Rhineland to Paris.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive London

Keep it real on the vibrant streets of London, where old meets new and best of British icons jostle for your attention. Don't resist the urge to hit the streets straight out of the starting gate after checking in. There's something for everyone as you'll come to discover exploring the capital's culture, history and scenic spaces. Delve into London's royal heritage, stroll along the Thames or admire treasures from across the globe in one of its museums before retiring to your neighborhood 'local' for a pint or two.

Big Ben in London, England
Accommodation Novotel London Brentford

Day 2

London free day

What a treat! A full free day in London to do as you please. The British capital wears its diversity with pride - an epicenter attracting people from all over the world who are helping to shape its vibrant cosmopolitan spirit. Dive right in and visit all the iconic sights and some hidden surprises, from the British Museum to the London Dungeon. When night falls, head to the bright lights of Soho or pop in to Brick Lane for a curry. You won't be left empty handed when it comes to grabbing a plate of what London is serving up.

Buckingham Palace in London, England
Accommodation Novotel London Brentford
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

London – Paris

Greetings from your Travel Director this morning. For now, London bids you safe travels as you continue south through the Kent countryside to Dover and then on by ferry to Calais. Next stop is Paris, another capital that doesn't hold back and doesn't expect you to either. Take a walk through its grand past, dynamic present and exciting future, from the maze of streets that once nurtured great artists in Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Ibis Paris Alésia Montparnasse 14éme
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Audrey Hepburn described it best when she said: 'Paris is always a good idea.' We’re sure you’ll agree. Hit its grand boulevards on a city sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. See the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées then spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Don’t resist the urge to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí and visit Montmartre this afternoon, exploring its maze of streets and Artist’s Square. There’s time to shop for artwork and savor some local specialties before considering a real highlight this evening – an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Accommodation Ibis Paris Alésia Montparnasse 14éme
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Montparnasse and Latin Quarter in Paris, France
Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Lights' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. Later, you’ll visit the Latin ...

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Optional Experiences

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

No tour of Paris is complete until you’ve enjoyed dinner and cabaret at the world-famous Moulin Rouge! The original Parisian cabaret, immortalized ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

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Day 5

Paris - Lucerne Region

Journey through the idyllic French countryside before arriving in Lake Lucerne. You’ll want to put the 'heart' of Switzerland in your pocket and take its history, culture and epic landscapes with you.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Ibis Luzern Kriens Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Lucerne orientation and free time

Turn the page to a land of fairy-tale landscapes and medieval history. You have a full day to see the sights and explore Lucerne, starting with a morning orientation including the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church. No visit to Lucerne is complete without a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You may be tempted to do some souvenir shopping, but an Optional Experience into the mountains will be hard to resist. Ascend Mount Pilatus by a cog-wheel railway then embark on a scenic lake cruise.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Ibis Luzern Kriens Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Mount Pilatus and lake cruise in Lucerne, Switzerland
Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

Embrace the great outdoors as we travel to Mount Pilatus, ascending to the towering summit by a thrilling cog-wheel train. Soak in the spectacular ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

Travel through the rolling green hills of Switzerland in style, as you meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn ca...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Folklore evening and dinner in Lucernce, Switzerland
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Swiss dinner by the lake, Switzerland
Swiss Dinner by the Lake

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Swiss meal that includes the famous Swiss cheese fondue in a typical local restaurant. Its lakeside location and w...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Lucerne - Florence

Your journey heads south to the city of Florence - home to various masterpieces of Renaissance architecture and outstanding fine arts. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers tonight as you prepare to soak up the beauty of the city, surrounded by Tuscan hills, that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries.

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Mirò Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Pisa and the Arno Valley, Pisa, Italy
Pisa and The Arno Valley

Visit the historical city of Pisa and with our Local Expert enjoy a guided visit of Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy’s most impressive squares. Vi...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Florence – Rome

Enjoy your day in Florence before heading to Rome. Admire the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo. There’s time to explore Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower or shop for the bespoke Italian leather goods and fine gold jewelery for which Florence is justifiably famous. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience revealing the Renaissance heritage of a city which attracted artists, physicists, astronomers and philosophers like Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo.
Next, travel to Rome. If Rome was a person, she would be confident, alluring and complex. You’ll get to know her, and her quirks, over the next two days. You’ll find reminders of an ancient world, a holy empire and the Renaissance around every turn. You could choose to join a Local Specialist for an optional guided stroll through Rome’s piazzas. Linger in your favorite square, or perhaps enjoy a scoop or three of the local gelato and soak up the effervescent energy of a city that knows how to enjoy life.

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Raganelli Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This tour is all about exploring the jewel in Florence’s crown: its Renaissance heritage. Alongside your Local Specialist, you’ll wander the enchan...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Guide. Wander through the lab...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

You could spend a lifetime exploring Rome and just scratch the surface, but with your Local Guide on hand you’ll dive right into the city’s heart and soul. Head to Vatican City to watch the pigeons and people tread on holy ground. The rest of your day is free to explore the City, this evening why not consider an optional dinner at one of the local restaurants.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Raganelli Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Take your tour to the next level as you embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita, with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerizing city o...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Rome – Venice

Journey on to Venice, which bewitches in all her Byzantine glory, softening even the hardest of hearts with her opulence. Highlights include a cruise on a private launch to St. Mark’s Square and views of the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace. The talents of master craftsmen are the star of the show later as you visit their glassblowing workshop, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. There’s even time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise – grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges line your journey.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel San Giuliano
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Venice – Innsbruck

Today you continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and its capital, Innsbruck, where you can 'ooh and aah' at the impressive ski jump and view the famed Golden Roof, constructed from 2,657 copper tiles. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store. This evening, a Choice Experience could see you enjoy a lively evening of entertainment during a traditional Tyrolean evening.

Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
Accommodation Bon Alpina Innsbruck
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening in Innsbruck, Austria
Traditional Tyrolean Evening

Immerse yourself in local culture with a lively evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment in Innsbruck. Singers, dancers and musicians dressed ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Alpine Trainride and Seefeld carriage ride in Vienna, Austria
Tyrolean Thrill

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Innsbruck - Munich - Rhineland

Your first stop today is Munich where you can admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue onto the main cultural center of the Rhineland.

Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Achat Hotel Bad Durkheim
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Rhineland - Cologne - Amsterdam

Suitably inspired by its spires, you’ll board a lazy river cruise down the Rhine past terraced vineyards and fairy-tale castles. Your experience of a lifetime ends in the free-thinking capital of the Netherlands. Immerse yourself in Amsterdam's gezelligheid as you soak up the buzz of the city's canals, gabled houses and festive squares. There's no better way to see the capital than from its waterways, so choose an Optional Experience in a glass-topped boat winding through Amsterdam's historic canal ring.

Bike and Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Accommodation Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a private cruise in a glass-roofed boat that travels the historic canal ring in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Discovery Canal Cruise

Your travel dreams are about to become a reality as you enjoy a private cruise down the iconic canals of Amsterdam with a Local Specialist, marvell...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences See wooden shoes being handcrafted in the traditional Dutch fashion in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Taste of Amsterdam & Holland

Experience the picturesque countryside of Holland and the charming atmosphere of vibrant Amsterdam on an immersive tour led by our Local Specialist...

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Optional Experiences

Day 14

Depart Amsterdam

Say farewell to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of an amazing holiday.

Clogs in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
Ferry from Calais to Dover
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Lights' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. Later, you’ll visit the Latin ...

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

No tour of Paris is complete until you’ve enjoyed dinner and cabaret at the world-famous Moulin Rouge! The original Parisian cabaret, immortalized ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

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

Embrace the great outdoors as we travel to Mount Pilatus, ascending to the towering summit by a thrilling cog-wheel train. Soak in the spectacular ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

Travel through the rolling green hills of Switzerland in style, as you meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn ca...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Dinner by the Lake

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Swiss meal that includes the famous Swiss cheese fondue in a typical local restaurant. Its lakeside location and w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pisa and The Arno Valley

Visit the historical city of Pisa and with our Local Expert enjoy a guided visit of Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy’s most impressive squares. Vi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This tour is all about exploring the jewel in Florence’s crown: its Renaissance heritage. Alongside your Local Specialist, you’ll wander the enchan...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Guide. Wander through the lab...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Take your tour to the next level as you embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita, with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerizing city o...

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

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Tyrolean Evening

Immerse yourself in local culture with a lively evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment in Innsbruck. Singers, dancers and musicians dressed ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tyrolean Thrill

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Amsterdam Discovery Canal Cruise

Your travel dreams are about to become a reality as you enjoy a private cruise down the iconic canals of Amsterdam with a Local Specialist, marvell...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Taste of Amsterdam & Holland

Experience the picturesque countryside of Holland and the charming atmosphere of vibrant Amsterdam on an immersive tour led by our Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Multi NL/DE/AT/FR

  • Official Language(s) across Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, German is the official language of Germany, Austria German is the official language of Austria, and French is the official language of France
  • Currency used in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: The Euro (€)
  • Capital City: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Berlin (Germany) and Vienna (Austria), Paris (France)
  • Time Zone(s) in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France 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 Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France
  • 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 weather in the Netherlands is influenced by its maritime location and prevailing westerly winds. It experiences mild, wet winters with temperatures averaging around 2-6°C (36-43°F) and cool summers with temperatures averaging around 17-20°C (63-68°F). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier months in spring and early autumn. The coastal areas are often slightly milder than inland regions due to the moderating effect of the North Sea. The country occasionally experiences strong winds and storms during the winter months, with the possibility of snowfall, particularly in the eastern regions.

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.

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.

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.

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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Service
The Travel Specialists at Grand European Travel were very helpful to arrange the flights fit with the schedule of the trip. Thank you !
Vacation
The Grand European Travel was a good trip to explore some European countries and learn some cultures about them .
Allan Lane Glaspie
Review date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Service
Was lied to about all hotels had air conditioning!
Response from Grand European Travel:
All hotels used on our trips do have air conditioning but some European Countries do have restrictions about when they can turn on air and when it must be turned off for the season. We do apologize for your discomfort.
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Vacation
Pick better hotels for the money we paid as some people we not able to take showers because of the size of the shower itself, also no air conditioning in most hotels was not acceptable, bathroom doors off the rail and having to be moved to different rooms was unacceptable!
Emily Wycpalek
Review date: Thursday, July 20, 2023
Service
Jelle is a gem. He is organized, fun and exciting. He does a great job of balancing everything for everyone. I have no idea how he does it. He created a sense of community but you also feel like the trip is all about you as well. This was such a divine sampling of lots of different places in Europe but freedom to do what you needed to do.
Vacation
Jelle is a gem. He is organized, fun and exciting. He does a great job of balancing everything for everyone. I have no idea how he does it. He created a sense of community but you also feel like the trip is all about you as well. This was such a divine sampling of lots of different places in Europe but freedom to do what you needed to do. Our driver was awesome. This was a dream team!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Service
Some travel experts were more informative than others. The thing that was lacking was a virtual meeting 3-4 weeks before the trip started. I've heard loads of other travel companies do this and I think it is both reassuring and helpful to first time travelers like me and my family.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions and feedback. We hope this is the first of many trips to come.
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Vacation
We loved our Travel Director: Lynda Pearce-Abi and our coach driver Wim. We thought the excursions were well planned and our travel director did a great job getting us early reservations with no waiting - and we beat the heat and the crowds!
Frances Pletcher
Review date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Service
The booking process was easy. I had to make payment in full since it was close to travel. It would have been nice to have more details about the trip overall but the reservation process is easy. I booked my airfare through them as well at the same time because I was told that was the only way transfers were included however that was not true- Many others on the trip booked their own airfare and were still able to use the transfers free of charge.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your very detailed review of your trip. We do provide a great deal of information about what to expect while traveling on our website www.getours.com. We hope that you came home with some happy memories!
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Vacation
NOTE- this is a cost savers tour. Expect it to be as such. It is an excellent opportunity to see many places on a budget. However, the optional items are almost necessary. They indicate that you can not take the transportation many days if you are not doing the optional things. Which leaves you to need an uber or other public transportation otherwise you are stuck at the hotel. The hotels are mostly far from any city centers. Plan to spend additional for several things. DO your research on the places you will be staying. Most of the days are spent on a coach with many hours of driving. They make a comfort stop at a gas station rest stop, plan to be eating here and waiting in very long lines to use a toilet. We did not have access to the toilets on the bus as they were locked and only used by the driver. Most hotels are 3 star quality. Customer service lacks from which you may be use to depending where you are from. I did not know to pack my own toiletries and washcloths etc. I also did not know I would need to pay to use a restroom facility. Basic information such as these would have been helpful for someone who had never traveled to these areas. The walking tours are nice and you will see a lot but there is little to NO free time as specified in the itinerary. The free time is enough to grab a bite to eat and walk to the coach again. Be prepared for any type of weather! You are out for a good part of the day. Be sure to have good shoes! There is ALOT of walking involved. Most of all just enjoy the experience and use it to see where you would like to go back to and spend more time. It is very fast paced and not enough to throughly enjoy any specific area. Hopefully you will have good tour guides. I will say that definitely has an impact on my review as well.
Tamy Amicone
Review date: Monday, August 22, 2022
Service
I enjoyed working with Lisa. Even though our trip was cancelled for the dates we wanted Lisa made it seem less for the change in dates. We had a trip of a life time due to European Travel
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry your original date had to be rescheduled but happy to see that the new date turned out to be the trip of a lifetime! Thank you for working with us.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Vacation
There isn't enough space to tell you how much this trip meant to us. The people we travelled with will be friends for life. The opportunity to walk in the Vatican and be able to pray was one of the most emotional times in my husbands and my lives.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Service
Daniel Pelletier, he is the best, excellent cutomer service
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass along your comments to Daniel. Thank you for your business and we look forward to helping you plan that next trip!
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Vacation
Some night stayed at 2 stars hotel...
Karen Moore
Review date: Monday, July 25, 2022
Service
I booked the trip in 2020. The booking experience at that time was great. The representative was very helpful and answered all my questions. A few months later, I found out the trip was postponed for 2 years, which was completely understandable. As this year's travel date approached, I never heard from anyone at GET, not even for payment. I had to reach out to them several times before getting any kind of response. It made me very apprehensive about traveling with them. Luckily, it all worked out fine.
Vacation
The tickets to the Passion Play and the Moulin Rouge were incredible! Absolutely great seats, much better than I anticipated. This trip was a lot; we covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. Which understandably meant many hours on the coach. There wasn't as much free time to explore the cities on our own as I would have liked. I would recommend, eliminating London from the trip and concentrating on the other cities. Spend a night or 2 in/ near Cologne or Rhineland. Don't spend more than 3 hours on the coach per day.
Mary Nenno
Review date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
We thought the booking was handled in a professional manner and everything went very smoothly. All our questions/concerns were answered a prompt manner as well.
Vacation
Overall we really enjoyed our vacation. Our only comment is that we felt there should be a few more "rest stops" in between destinations. Maybe just 15-20 minutes to get out of the bus and stretch or walk around a bit.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your suggestions and will certainly pass them along to our operators. Thank you!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Karen Mccartney
Review date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Service
Rob made it easy and was able to answer all our questions, since was our first visit to Europe.
Vacation
It was a great value. I believe we saw all the major highlights of each city we visited. Our travel director, Howard Hazekamp was extremely knowledgeable. I learned a great deal from his narratives of each site.
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