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Highlights of Europe - Small Group

15 Day Tour to England, Germany, Italy & France

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Germany Neuschwanstein Castle On Top Of Hill With Sunset In The Distance
16 Days
8 Countries

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

12 Cities

London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Veneto, Venice, Rome, Vatican, Florence, Lucerne, Paris

21 Meals

14 Breakfasts, 7 Dinner with Wines

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 20
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If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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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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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Experience the best Europe has to offer. Travel from London to Europe on the high-speed Eurostar train. Cruise along the quaint canals in Amsterdam, and travel from Austria, across the Dolomites into Italy. Join a local home dinner in Rome where your host serves up delicious regional dishes. Enjoy VIP Vatican access which allows you to cut the lines to the museums and view the famous Bramante Staircase. Then voyage through the Chianti Hills of Florence and the cobbled streets of lakeside Lucerne with a final stop in the city of lights, Paris.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge. Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Tower Bridge over The Thames in London, England
Thistle Marble Arch View Hotel Details

Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

Located at the west end of Oxford Street and just 2 minutes from Hyde Park, Thistle Marble Arch is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 2

Depart from London by Eurostar and onto Amsterdam

Meet your Travel Director and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you through the Channel Tunnel en route to Amsterdam. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests as you cruise along some of the quaint, tree-lined canals to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.

Bridge over the canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Hilton Amsterdam

About the Hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Centrally located on the Noorder-Amstel Canal in Amsterdam South, the Hilton Amsterdam is the perfect hotel to start your journey. Rooms are modern and comfortable and many offer views of either the gardens, city or canal.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights London Europe Eurostar London, Uk
Travel to Europe via Eurostar

Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you journey from London to Europe via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel.

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

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Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Canal cruise passes colourful houses in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.

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Day 3

Welcome to Amsterdam
Bridge over the canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hilton Amsterdam View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hilton Amsterdam

About the Hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Centrally located on the Noorder-Amstel Canal in Amsterdam South, the Hilton Amsterdam is the perfect hotel to start your journey. Rooms are modern and comfortable and many offer views of either the gardens, city or canal.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Canal cruise passes colourful houses in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

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Authentic Dining

Day 4

The Rhine Valley and Heidelberg

Take a scenic drive through the Rhine Valley to see quaint villages, hilltop castles and hear the legend of the Lorelei Rock. Follow the Neckar River to Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg Castle with a Local Expert.

Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg, Germany
Marriott Hotel Heidelberg View Hotel Details
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Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

About the Hotel

Heidelberg, Germany

Overlooking the Neckar River, the Heidelberg Marriot Hotel boasts a historic charm with elegant guest rooms. Its central location makes exploring easy with the Old Town and Heidelberg Castle a short distance away. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Visit the Apothecary Museum Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Castle Visit

Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. See the massive Heideleberg Tun built into the...

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Top Rated Highlights Pretzels in Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

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Day 5

Mountain-ringed Innsbruck

Skirt the northern Black Forest and head towards the rolling Bavarian Alps. Stop beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein, rumoured to have inspired Walt Disney's iconic castle. Once over the Austrian border, continue to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Tour the architectural jewels of the city, seeing the Imperial Palace, Golden Roof and the 14th century houses of the Old Town.

Neuschwanstein Castle in the winter
AC Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
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AC Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

The AC Hotel Innsbruck is centrally located and just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. It was originally built in 1972 for the Winter Olympic games and has since been completely refurbished and upgraded to offer comfortable, sleek-designed rooms, each with views of the surrounding Alps.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Panoramic view of colourful houses in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

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Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening and dinner in Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a lively evening including dinner, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Drinks are included.

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Day 6

Across the Dolomites to Venice

Continue your journey, crossing the Italian border and on through the Dolomites. Amongst the hills of Conegliano Veneto, stop at a local family winery in Veneto to discover the art of prosecco production. Savor a tasting of these luxurious sparkling wines and discover how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with wine.

Sightseeing in Venice, Italy​
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio View Hotel Details
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Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio Venice is a hotel with traditional and modern elements complete with a door opening onto a canal.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Authentic Dining Winery visit and Prosecco tasting, Venice, Italy​
Veneto Prosecco Tasting

Visit a local winery and delight in a tasting of their magnificent prosecco. Meet the vignerons and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

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Authentic Dining

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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Day 7

The Magic of La Serenissima

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts center. Take a private cruise to St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Venetian Masks​, Venice, Italy​
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio View Hotel Details
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Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio Venice is a hotel with traditional and modern elements complete with a door opening onto a canal.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Make Travel Matter Glassblowing demonstration​, Venice, Italy​
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Gondola under The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

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Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces - St Mark's Square; the Rialto; the Grand Canal - is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Jo...

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Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

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Day 8

The Eternal City of Rome

Head into the Apennine Mountains and venture through the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome. Italian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality with food, friends and family being central to everyday life. You’re invited into the home of a Roman local to experience Italian hospitality at its best, as you enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your host.

Pantheon Rome, Italy
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Room 007 Select

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The room 007 is located in the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Dine at home experience, Rome
Dine At Home in Rome

Food and family go hand-in-hand in Italy and are pillars of the Italian way of life. Experience it for yourself with an invitation from your local ...

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Pantheon Rome, Italy
Piazzas & Fountains

With our Local Expert, let's take a "passeggiata" (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the...

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Day 9

Papal and Imperial Rome

During your two-night stay, join a Local Expert for a private tour of the priceless art housed in the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your priority visit includes fast-track entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Room 007 Select View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Room 007 Select

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The room 007 is located in the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Guests on their VIP visit to the Vatican Museums
Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ...

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Top Rated Highlights Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

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

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Top Rated Highlights The Colosseum, Rome
See the Colosseum in Rome

Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure.

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Optional Experiences Visit the Catacombs and ancient Rome, Italy
Rome Of The Ancient Christians

Outside the ancient Roman city walls, we'll visit the early Christian Catacombs, underground cemeteries carved out of soft Tufa Stone, with our Loc...

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

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

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Day 10

The Chianti Hills to Florence

Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo where the Gates of Paradise adorn the baptistery. Continue to Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city, lined with fountains and statues it acts as a virtual open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. A leisurely afternoon gives you time to shop for quality goods, like gold and leather, which Florence is famous for. Alternatively, there is the option to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian to see Michelangelo's famed masterpiece, 'David.' In the evening, savor an authentic meal at a local trattoria in the heart of Florence. 

Duomo in Florence, Italy
Hotel Adler Cavalieri View Hotel Details
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Hotel Adler Cavalieri

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located in the historic center of Florence, the Hotel Alder Cavalieri is a stylish residence, designed with rich wood panelling, Tuscan marble and frescoe ceilings. Only a short walk from Santa Maria Novella, the historic streets and trattoria are right at your doorstep for you to explore.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Piazza Della Signoria Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

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

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Authentic Dining Bistecca Fiorentina Florence, Italy
Florence Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in the city known for its delicious cuts of steak.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Jewels of the Renaissance

Enjoy priority reserved entry, with our Local Expert, into the most important Renaissance museum of Florence, the ‘Accademia di Belle Arti’, Academ...

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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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Day 11

Free time in Renaissance Florence

The day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries housing some of the most famous works of art in the world. Or perhaps just relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafe's?

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Hotel Adler Cavalieri View Hotel Details
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Hotel Adler Cavalieri

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located in the historic center of Florence, the Hotel Alder Cavalieri is a stylish residence, designed with rich wood panelling, Tuscan marble and frescoe ceilings. Only a short walk from Santa Maria Novella, the historic streets and trattoria are right at your doorstep for you to explore.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 12

The Alps and on to Lucerne

In the morning, travel across the Swiss border. The emotive Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff, is a memorial dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, which is a source of great pride to the people of Lucerne. See this beautiful work before strolling across the Chapel Bridge to see the ornate Jesuit Church. The afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to enjoy a cruise on Lake Lucerne with its dramatic vistas.

Take in the views from Mt Pilatus
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
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Hotel Astoria

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hotel Astoria is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture. Rooms are elegantly designed and are a short walk from the lakeside promenade and Chapel Bridge. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights An evening cityscape of Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

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Optional Experiences Lake Lucerne cruise and drinks, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne Cruise and Drinks

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. Ad...

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

There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join...

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Day 13

Lakeside Lucerne

Today, appreciate the Alpine terrain as you embark on a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Pilatus. Take in the pristine mountain air and spectacular views. With the rest of the day free, there is plenty of time for shopping for delectable chocolate and glamorous Swiss watches in the traffic-free Old Town. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers? Later, the choice is yours for your Dine-Around Evening. Enjoy your preferred dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience.

Winter View from the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Switzerland
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Top Rated Highlights Ride the cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland
Visit the Mount Pilatus Summit

Enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus to witness a panorama of snow-capped peaks as you take in the pristine mountain air.

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Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Dine-Around Evening

Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and hand-pick your preferred ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

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Authentic Dining

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

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angu...

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Day 14

Sights and delights of Paris

Journey through the rural French country side of Alsace and Burgundy regions, famous for its vineyards and wines, to arrive in the vibrant City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the imposing facades of the Louvre. Discover the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, see the obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. With the evening free, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city. Why not visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows?

Skyline of Paris with Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
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Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique

About the Hotel

Paris, France

Located in the trendy 11th arrondissement of Paris, the Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique offers traditionally styled, comfortable rooms with included WiFi to stay in touch with friends and family.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Louvre Pyramid Paris, France
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris. See famous landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the facades of the Louvre...

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

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-wi...

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Day 15

The Food and Flavors of Paris

Today you can enjoy an Insight Choice. Choose to explore community life in the picturesque Montorgueil district. Alternatively, join an avid foodie as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies.  In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole. Delight in French cuisine and delicious wine.

The French flag waving at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France
Le Méridien Etoile View Hotel Details
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Le Méridien Etoile

About the Hotel

Paris, France

The Le Méridien Etoile is centrally located in the 17th arrondissement and just a short drive from key sights such as the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées. Contemporary, yet comfortable furnishing bring about a homely sense throughout the hotel and guest rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Boutique stores on street of Paris, France
Montorgueil district

We walk up and down the "quartier" and we see the school, the food stores, the housing situation, the heritage landmarks, the sports facilities and...

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Authentic Dining Paris Bastille Marche Foodie Walk, Paris, France
Paris Foodie Walk

Join an avid local foodie on a walk through the streets of Paris. Visit a variety of patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and sample local tr...

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Authentic Dining

Authentic Dining Authentic Dining
Paris Celebration Dinner

Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Notre Dame & the Latin Quarter, Paris, France
Notre Dame & Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank, with our Local Expert, brings us to amazing Notre Dame. One of the world’s most famous Cathedrals...

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Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the city's monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all of their glory. First, a specially...

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Day 16

Au Revoir Paris

Bid farewell to your traveling companions as your journey comes to an end. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

 

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
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Travel to Europe via Eurostar

Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you journey from London to Europe via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.

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Heidelberg Castle Visit

Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. See the massive Heideleberg Tun built into the...

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Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

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Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

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Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

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Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

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Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ...

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Rome Orientation

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

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See the Colosseum in Rome

Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure.

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Florence City Tour

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

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Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

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Visit the Mount Pilatus Summit

Enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus to witness a panorama of snow-capped peaks as you take in the pristine mountain air.

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See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris. See famous landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the facades of the Louvre...

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Montorgueil district

We walk up and down the "quartier" and we see the school, the food stores, the housing situation, the heritage landmarks, the sports facilities and...

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About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

14 Breakfasts, 7 Dinner with Wines

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Amsterdam Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

Amsterdam Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

Veneto Prosecco Tasting

Visit a local winery and delight in a tasting of their magnificent prosecco. Meet the vignerons and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

Dine At Home in Rome

Food and family go hand-in-hand in Italy and are pillars of the Italian way of life. Experience it for yourself with an invitation from your local host to join them for a truly Italian, home-cooked meal.

Florence Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in the city known for its delicious cuts of steak.

Lucerne Dine-Around Evening

Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and hand-pick your preferred ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

Paris Foodie Walk

Join an avid local foodie on a walk through the streets of Paris. Visit a variety of patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and sample local treats and delicacies along the way.

Paris Celebration Dinner

Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Thistle Marble Arch
Hilton Amsterdam
Marriott Hotel Heidelberg
AC Hotel Innsbruck
Room 007 Select
Hotel Adler Cavalieri
Hotel Astoria
Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique
Le Méridien Etoile

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

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Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a lively evening including dinner, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Drinks are included.

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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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Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces - St Mark's Square; the Rialto; the Grand Canal - is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Jo...

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Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

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Piazzas & Fountains

With our Local Expert, let's take a "passeggiata" (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the...

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Rome Of The Ancient Christians

Outside the ancient Roman city walls, we'll visit the early Christian Catacombs, underground cemeteries carved out of soft Tufa Stone, with our Loc...

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Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

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Jewels of the Renaissance

Enjoy priority reserved entry, with our Local Expert, into the most important Renaissance museum of Florence, the ‘Accademia di Belle Arti’, Academ...

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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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Lake Lucerne Cruise and Drinks

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. Ad...

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Swiss Evening

There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join...

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Carriages & Countryside

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angu...

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Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-wi...

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Notre Dame & Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank, with our Local Expert, brings us to amazing Notre Dame. One of the world’s most famous Cathedrals...

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Seine Cruise and Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the city's monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all of their glory. First, a specially...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Dutch is the official language of Germany, German is the official language of Germany, French is the official language of France, Austra German is the official language of Australia, Italian is the official language of Italy, and German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland.
  • Currency used in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout Great Britain and the Euro (€) is used in Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland.
  • Capital City: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Berlin, (Germany), Paris (France), Vienna (Austria), Rome (Italy), and Bern (Switzerland),
  • Time Zone(s) in Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland: 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, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland 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, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Gretta Sencevicky
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Service
Rob Rainwater handled the entire booking! Rob, a gentleman and joy to work with!
Vacation
Itinerary omitted the "fortress towns w shops". Hotel breakfasts were disappointing throughout...fruit was limited or not available, hot meats were uncooked, powdered eggs were improperly cooked... Calvin was amazing! John, bus driver, was incredible1 Their efforts made the long miles and walks easier!
Paul Hansen
Review date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Service
First rate quality across the board
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your Highlights of Europe tour. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is appreciated.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Everything promised was provided
Marlina Leal
Review date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
Andrew Anicough made our trip the best so far. He gave us so good info on each of the seven countries.He took care of every detail from our hotels to our bathroom breaks. All the time he made it seem like it was effortless.
Vacation
Our guide Andrew Anicough made our Highlights of Europe so wonderful. Andrew let us know what our plans for the day so clear we had everything planned for us. Our driver was such a good driver and all the excursions were wonderful. Loved it
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Service
Kaitlin Fitzgerald was knowledgeable about the tour and was able to get me signed up, make room accommodations with the friend I was joining and got me on non-stop flights. When I extended my stay at the end of the tour they were able to book the same flight the following week. Lucky, I know, given the holiday season!
Vacation
Knowledgeable Tour Director, Steve Fowler, has years of experience that eased our way across Europe. He has a good sense of humor, excellent knowledge to share regarding each city along with mini language lessons each day to help us feel more comfortable with each stop! Two days in each city gave us a chance to really learn about the cities. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and the lovely people on the Tour!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Service
GET offered a variety of European tours served by various carriers. Our preferences were matched well with the premium tour by Insght. Our GET contact,Caitlin, was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We also scheduled our flight through GET succeefully.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience! We will pass your compliments on to Caitlin. We're glad to hear we could be there to help you plan your wonderful European vacation and to know that you had such an amazing time. Thank you for being a part of our travel family!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation
Wonderful tour of Europe! We experienced so many highlights covering 8 Countries. It was “highlights”, so we knew that we would not have extensive visits in all of the monuments and museums. Since we have actually been to many on previous visits, this was quite acceptable. insight now includes wonderful experiences such is dining in homes and more personal activities which we thoroughly enjoyed. The tour was active pace; but, again we were prepared for this. Our tour director, Brendon, was beyond excellent!! He was such an expert is all areas!! We have toured before and thought we liked our director...... but he was such a cut above!!!! Our group was smaller than some, only 24. This was wonderful and we have made truly lasting friendships. This tour really emphasized the advantage of touring by coach. Driving through the countrysides of all the various countries was wonderful and truly memorable. The Dolomites need to be seen by everyone!!!
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