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Highlights of France and Barcelona

10 Day France & Spain Tour of Paris & Lyon

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10 Days
3 Countries

France, Monaco, Spain

13 Cities

Paris, Chartres, Loire Valley, Lyon, Avignon, French Riviera, Monaco City, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Arles, Carcassonne, Figueres, Barcelona, Madrid

13 Meals

4 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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One of our most popular France and Spain trips, this jam-packed journey from Paris to Barcelona is a feast for every sense, from lunch with locals and elegant châteaux in the Loire Valley, to the buzz of Avignon’s Place de l’Horloge and the irresistible French Riviera.

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Day 1

Welcome to Paris

Glittering Paris is your launchpad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. Spend your first day in the 'City of Light' exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city on your own. Visit a renowned gallery, shop up a storm or relax in manicured gardens watching the world go by. Later, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation drive past some of the city's most impressive sights, including the grand Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Accommodation Pullman La Défense Paris
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore the Sights of Paris

Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris, to see where the locals live and shop. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Walk along the Seine and admire the talents of street artists and performers, amble through the scenic hilltop village of Montmartre or relax with a café au lait watching the world go by. This evening, consider soaking up the pageantry of Paris with an Optional Experience to a popular Parisian cabaret.

Baguettes for sale in Paris, France
Accommodation Pullman La Défense Paris
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Paris City Tour

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences 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

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

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Chartres and Châteaux in the Loire Valley

Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on the 'Way of Saint James', and see its inspiring French Gothic cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows and two contrasting spires. We journey through the rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture, then visit Château de Chenonceau. Later, Connect With Locals, joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm for a traditional three-course Tourangelle Be My Guest dinner experience with local wines.

Chateau Chambord, France
Accommodation Mercure Tours Nord
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Chateau de Villandry
Dine with the Montferrier Family in the Loire Valley

Return to 17th-century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course ...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Château De Chenonceau, Chenonceau, France
Château de Chenonceau Visit

Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Cathedral Visit Chartres, France
Chartres Orientation

Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Onwards to Lyon

Traveling through the heart of France, we arrive in the gastronomic capital of Lyon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a tour of the old city, revealing its rich cultural heritage. Wander through the traboules and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill, followed by free time to explore this city between two rivers. 

Cityscape of Lyon, France
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Lyon Cite Internationale
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Street and Café in Lyon, France
Lyon City Tour

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through Lyon's historic center. Ascend Fourvière hill for panoramic views of of the city below. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Journey to Papal Avignon and on to the French Riviera

From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Popes' Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the remnants of the famous bridge immortalized in the French song – Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Later we continue to the French Riviera, arriving in the seaside retreat of southern France, favored by aristocrats for centuries. With an evening at leisure, perhaps stroll around the Bay of Angels and join the Promenade des Anglais. Or sit and enjoy a glass of wine while the sun sets and listen to the blue Mediterranean waters lap against the shore.

Pont d'Avignon and Lavender, Avignon, France
Accommodation Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Saint Benezet Bridge and Papal Palace in Avignon, France
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Aerial view of Place Massena in Nice, France
Nice Orientation

Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal city of Nice on the French Riviera.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 6

Enjoy Monaco and the Cote d'Azur

A fun-filled day includes a visit to the tiny Principality of Monaco where you’ll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. See the superyachts in the port and catch a glimpse of the famed grand prix circuit. Enjoy relaxing on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur, retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, or perhaps embark on an Optional Experience to the medieval hill-top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Street with houses on the Rock of Monaco, France
Accommodation Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See the Cathedral of Monaco
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences St. Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and meal in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Off to Colorful Arles and Carcassonne

We travel west to the Camargue center of Arles, with its honey-colored façades and Roman ruins, enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city, or perhaps choosing an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert. Later we continue through the landscapes of Provence, immortalized in the works of Cézanne and Van Gogh, to the fortified city of Carcassonne. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité, its double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.

Fortress in Carcassonne, France
Accommodation Tribe Carcassonne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Fortress in Carcassonne, France
Visit Carcassonne with a Local Specialist

Explore the fortified city of Carcassonne with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh with your Local Specialist to learn about where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most famous works.
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Pass the Pyrenees to Barcelona

Driving past the foothills of the Pyrenees, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dalí Theater and Museum where we will Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the fascinating world of Salvador Dalí. See his work in this impressive building, before arriving in Barcelona this afternoon for an included sightseeing tour. We’ll see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudí's unfinished La Sagrada Família, with a Local Specialist. The evening is yours to explore this Mediterranean gem. Consider an Optional Experience to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine and entertainment, or enjoy a delicious tapas feast on your own at one of the city's fine restaurants.

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Dali Theatre-Museum
Dalí Theater-Museum Visit

Visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, considered Salvador Dalí's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Barcelona skyline, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Catalonian dinner and visit The Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain
Catalonian Dinner and the Dancing Fountains

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian meal in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Discover Lively Barcelona

Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Perhaps pay a morning visit to mystical Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. Ramble up Las Ramblas and people-watch in the Plaça de Catalunya, explore the whimsical architecture of Gaudí dotted across the city or consider an Optional Experience to discover the fascinating Gothic Quarter. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a vibrant Spanish restaurant.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Barcelona walking tour, Spain
Barcelona, Past and Present

Step back in time to uncover the history of the Barcelona from its Roman beginnings to the modern day. With your Local Specialist, stroll the maze ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Journey Home

It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable holiday in France and Barcelona. Say adiós to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions.

Street and Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

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
Be My Guest
Dine with the Montferrier Family in the Loire Valley

Return to 17th-century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Château de Chenonceau Visit

Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chartres Orientation

Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lyon City Tour

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through Lyon's historic center. Ascend Fourvière hill for panoramic views of of the city below. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Nice Orientation

Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal city of Nice on the French Riviera.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Carcassonne with a Local Specialist

Explore the fortified city of Carcassonne with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Dalí Theater-Museum Visit

Visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, considered Salvador Dalí's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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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
High-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona
Discover Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
Visit Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dalí Theater and Museum in Figueres
View Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chambord, the Popes' Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheater of Arles and the La Sagrada Família and Columbus Monument in Barcelona
Scenic Drive through the Loire Valley

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
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
Optional Experience
Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Catalonian Dinner and the Dancing Fountains

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian meal in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Barcelona, Past and Present

Step back in time to uncover the history of the Barcelona from its Roman beginnings to the modern day. With your Local Specialist, stroll the maze ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages in France, Monaco, and Spain : French is the official language of France and Monaco and Castilian Spanish is the official language of Spain.
  • Currency in France, Monaco, and Spain: The Euro (€)
  • Capital Cities: Paris (France), Monaco (Monaco), Madrid (Spain),
  • Time Zones in France, Monaco, and Spain: Central European Time Zone and Central European Summer Time

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for France, Monaco, and Spain 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, Monaco, and Spain
  • 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.

Monaco enjoys a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The winters are generally mild with average temperatures ranging from around 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F). Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures ranging from 22°C (72°F) to 30°C (86°F), often accompanied by a refreshing sea breeze. The region receives most of its rainfall during the cooler months, with the wettest period occurring from October to November. The pleasant climate makes Monaco a popular destination for tourists seeking a Mediterranean coastal experience.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Service
Efficient booking and folliwup
Vacation
Krista was our best travel director ever. Off the charts knowledgeable, upbeat and accommodating.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 28, 2018
Service
Our flight arrived at 8am, we had to wait until 12pm for our transfer.By the time we arrived at the hotel and checked in, it was almost 2pm. We needed to meet with our guide by 4:30pm. WE LOST one day of free time. Free time was very limited in Paris.Much organization is needed on Trafalgar Transfers.
Vacation
Information obtained prior to trip was incorrect. Once we arrived in Paris, info was completely different.
Suresh Bhat
Review date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Service
They did everything well.
Vacation
Had a great time on this tour.
Michelle Ralston
Review date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Service
Some hotels were too far away from the inner city. Need to have hotels near by local shops and restaurants. So we can experiences the local food and night light.
Vacation
Good deal, well plan and attention to details. Excellent tour guide and very good driver.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Service
Everything was well planned out. Activities were just right for us. We would have preferred to have had a chance to see Sacrada Familia Cathedral from the inside. It was one of the reasons we came on the tour.
Vacation
I would recommend this trip to my friends.
William Morcom
Review date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service
Tour was very good. Would do other trips in future.
Vacation
Liked the locations visited. Hotels were mostly good though a little far from city center in some cases. Food was good, but not excellent. Tour director was very enthusiastic and nice. Driver was very good.
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