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European Wonderland

11 Day Europe Tour from Rome to Paris

11 Days
4 Countries

Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

10 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Como, Engelberg, Lucerne, Paris

15 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts

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 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Bring history to life on your European travels as you learn about life as a Roman gladiator and try your hand at pizza-making on an epic European family trip. Visit grand cities and see ancient sites. Fill your days with carnival masks, medieval castle banquets and tons of fun for the whole family.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Buckle up Bambini – we're off on a grand adventure through Europe, launching our Family Experience in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. This evening we enjoy dinner with our travel companions, we Dive Into Culture with a Family Fun experience and learn how to make a pizza that would make any Italian mamma proud.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Family Fun Learn how to make tasty Italian pizza
Pizza Making

A cooking experience with all the trimmings! Learn how to make tasty Italian pizza from an expert and then share your masterpiece with the family.

Included in Trip

Family Fun

Day 2

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Delve into the open-air museum that is Rome, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will see you rub shoulders with St. Peter and the thousands of pilgrims that flock to the impressive square that bears his name. See Michelangelo's famous Pietà statue in St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. We then enjoy a guided visit to the Forum, and an in depth walking experience around the walls of the Colosseum, before seeing Circus Maximus; once the site of celebrated chariot races.

The Vatican 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 Vatican Museums Gallery Maps Vatican City Italy
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...

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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 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

Day 3

Admire Siena and Florence

Explore the medieval playground of Siena, strolling to the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo where you’ll imagine the fun and fanfare that the festive Palio bareback horse race brings to the city twice a year against the backdrop of colorful flags and emblems. You’ll journey to Florence this afternoon where the Cradle of Renaissance comes alive in ways you could never imagine. You’ll go back in time and learn how Florence drove innovation and imagination all those centuries ago. This evening we head to a real 12th-century castle in the Tuscan countryside to Connect With Locals for a Be My Guest dinner. As you walk through its stony halls, you’ll be thrilled to learn about the plot hatched by the Pazzi family against the Medici rulers of Florence centuries ago. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal featuring homegrown produce in the magnificent grand hall and be inspired by the dedication and passion of your hosts, the Baj Macario family who are committed to running the estate in harmony with nature.

Cathedral Siena, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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 buff...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience View of Siena, Italy
See Siena's Highlights

See the Fountain of Joy, striped cathedral and vast Piazza del Campo.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Florence

The treasures of the Medici family are on full display as we delve into the centuries of art, architecture and tumultuous history. Join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the city. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, the hub of the city, and view the magnificent marble Duomo. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Climb a tree or two in Boboli Gardens, tick off great masterpieces in Uffizi Gallery. You could also join an Optional Experience to snap a selfie next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to Florence and pounding the pavements in search of the city's tastiest gelato.

Brunelleschi Dome in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
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 Visit Pisa, Italy
Pisa Visit with Tuscan Meal and Music

Join us on a visit to Pisa with our Local Specialist, where we'll see the remarkable Leaning Tower and marvel at the monuments on the Square of Mir...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Journey to Bologna and on to Venice

Cross the Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna where you will join a Local Specialist to view the city's Kissing Towers and Il Gigante, commonly known as Neptune's Fountain. Ditch your diet and indulge in the delicious flavors of what is widely regarded as the gastronomic capital of Italy – chase tortellini around your plate or twirl Spaghetti Bolognese like a local. This afternoon, we arrive in the island city of Venice. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring with the family or enjoy an Optional Experience gondola ride through Venice's labyrinthine canals.

Woman eating Spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna, Italy
Accommodation Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Bologna, Italy
Bologna City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of Bologna. See the medieval squares and red-bricked façades of this historic city.  

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by lo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Discover the Floating City of Venice

Take to the water and cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square. Join your Travel Director to see the iconic and unexpected highlights of the city - the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile with its five bells. Enjoy an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness first-hand the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. You’ll learn how the master craftsmen shape the molten glass to make the exquisite and delicate works of art that adorn homes all over the world and perhaps be inspired to buy your own souvenir as a reminder of this special visit. Then, join a Local Specialist for a Family Fun experience to learn about the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks, with an opportunity to create your own colorful alter egos. This afternoon, consider a lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano, on an Optional Experience, for a mouth-watering meal.

Canal and houses 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

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, and play a part in preserving this traditional craft through your visit. This experience suppo...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Family Fun Venetian Masks​, Venice, Italy​
Carnival Masks

Discover the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks and paint and decorate your own.

Included in Trip

Family Fun

Iconic Experience Canal and footbridge in Venice, Italy
Venice Orientation

An introductory orientation of Venice reveals the famed canals and labrinthine streets of this eminent city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Onwards to Lake Como and Engelberg

We travel through the Italian Lake District bound for Switzerland this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch in the laid-back lakeside town of Como, which for centuries has served as the crossroads between Central Europe and the Mediterranean. We continue through Alpine landscapes, past Lugano and through the St. Gotthard tunnel into central Switzerland, before arriving in Engelberg.

View of Lake Como, Italy
Accommodation H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old town of Lake Como, Italy
Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

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

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Uncover Lucerne’s Treasures

Walk across the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge and into a land of lakes and lions. See the giant dying lion hewn from sandstone rock to commemorate the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. Ascend one of the magnificent surrounding mountains during an Optional Experience or spend the afternoon sampling the rich flavors of delicious Swiss chocolate.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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 Titlis, Switzerland
Mount Titlis Excursion

With guaranteed snow, two different types of cable car ride and the opportunity to walk inside a glacier, this is Switzerland's most exciting mount...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional folklore show with lunch, SwitzerlandL
Traditional Folklore Show With Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue and one drink) as you listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing, during a lively folklore show of typical Swiss entertainment.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake Lucerne cruise, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne Cruise

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Off to Magical Paris

From Switzerland, we cross the mighty Rhine River and into France, traveling through the Burgundy wine region to the 'City of Lights'. This evening, amble up grand boulevards and through tiny cobblestone lanes in search of the French treasures you'll have an opportunity to sample tomorrow.

Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Center Bercy
Included Meals Breakfast
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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Explore Paris’s Sights

Join a Local Specialist on a guided sightseeing tour which includes a drive along the Champs-Élysées with views of the magnificent Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Now, take to the water for a leisurely cruise on the Seine River with spectacular views of the city's bridges and life on the river. This evening, we close the curtains on an epic family adventure through Europe, celebrating with our travel companions and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Center Bercy
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

Iconic Experience Cruise the Seine and view Paris, France
Seine River Cruise

Admire the famous landmarks of Paris during your leisurely Seine River cruise. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Montparnasse and illuminations in Paris, France
Montparnasse and Paris Illuminations

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 Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Farewell Paris

For now, it's time to say au revoir to your fellow travelers at the end of an unforgettable experience.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Family Fun
Pizza Making

A cooking experience with all the trimmings! Learn how to make tasty Italian pizza from an expert and then share your masterpiece with the family.

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 buff...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Siena's Highlights

See the Fountain of Joy, striped cathedral and vast Piazza del Campo.

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
Iconic Experience
Bologna City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of Bologna. See the medieval squares and red-bricked façades of this historic city.  

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

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, and play a part in preserving this traditional craft through your visit. This experience suppo...

See More
Included in Trip
Family Fun
Carnival Masks

Discover the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks and paint and decorate your own.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Venice Orientation

An introductory orientation of Venice reveals the famed canals and labrinthine streets of this eminent city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

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
Iconic Experience
Seine River Cruise

Admire the famous landmarks of Paris during your leisurely Seine River cruise. 

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
Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris
Discover Siena, Venice and Lucerne
Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, a glassblowing factory and a mask-making studio in Venice
View the ancient sites of Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, scenic Lake Como, the spectacular alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
See the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France
Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and along the Seine River in Paris

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
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pisa Visit with Tuscan Meal and Music

Join us on a visit to Pisa with our Local Specialist, where we'll see the remarkable Leaning Tower and marvel at the monuments on the Square of Mir...

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

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by lo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mount Titlis Excursion

With guaranteed snow, two different types of cable car ride and the opportunity to walk inside a glacier, this is Switzerland's most exciting mount...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Folklore Show With Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue and one drink) as you listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing, during a lively folklore show of typical Swiss entertainment.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Lucerne Cruise

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As...

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
Montparnasse and Paris Illuminations

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
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Multi FR/CH/IT

  • Official Language(s) across France, Switzerland, Italy: 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 France, Switzerland, Italy: The Euro (€) is used in France, Switzerland, and Italy.
  • Capital City: Paris (France), Bern (Switzerland), and Rome (Italy).
  • Time Zone(s) in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: France, Switzerland, and Italy use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for 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 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.

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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