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Imperial Europe

10 Day Europe Tour of Germany, Czech Republic

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10 Days
5 Countries

Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria

8 Cities

Munich, Regensburg, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Győr, Vienna, Salzburg

13 Meals

4 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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The towering spires of Imperial Europe may seem to touch the sky, but you’ll want to keep your feet on the ground so you don’t miss any of the many travel highlights and heart-warming surprises delivered on your visits to Prague, Salzburg, Budapest and Vienna.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Munich

The sophisticated city streets of Munich are your launch pad to an adventure through the capitals of Imperial Europe. Join your fellow travelers and your Travel Director this afternoon on an orientation tour, and spend some free time immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the Bavarian capital. View the Marienplatz, the center of Munich city life since the 12th century, and its iconic Glockenspiel, before enjoying dinner together to kick-start your journey.

View Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Accommodation Holiday Inn Munich Westpark
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Siegestor in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Iconic Experience

Day 2

Journey to Medieval Regensburg and Prague

This morning visit Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unspoilt medieval gem. Cross the Czech border and head to Prague, your home for the next two nights. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience -  an educational lecture with a local bee expert. You’ll have the evening to spend your way or consider joining an Optional Experience to explore beautiful Prague by night with a Local Specialist.

Visit medieval Regensburg in Germany
Accommodation Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Bridge and Clock Tower in Regensburg, Germany
Explore Regensburg

Visit Regensburg and explore this enchanting UNESCO-listed town at your leisure. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Beekeeping in Prague, Czech Republic
Rooftop Bees in Prague

Join Jindřiška Hinge for a fun workshop on beekeeping and the rooftop bee projects in Prague. Explore bee foraging habitats, learn about bee-flower...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Evening Panorama

Join a Local Specialist for an evening introduction to the city of spires as you explore the streets and scenes on your private tram (streetcar). G...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Discover Colorful Prague

Delve into centuries of history as you join a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour of Prague. View the impressive Gothic architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, then cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock, with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. The afternoon is yours to experience the city on your terms. Savor the delicious flavors of Trdelník in the Old Town Square, pay tribute to the saints that line the Charles Bridge or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the Vltava.

Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old Town Square, Prague, Czech_Republic
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise on River Vltava in Prague, Czech Republic
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting cit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Dinner, great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favourite local restaurants Prague, Czech Republic.
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know glorious Prague.

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Slovak Bratislava and Budapest

Cross the lush landscapes of Moravia and stop in Bratislava to admire its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Continue across the Hungarian border before arriving in Budapest, the 'Paris of the East'.

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Novotel Budapest Danube
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava Orientation

Explore Bratislava's city center. Take a walk through the charming squares and see the iconic Michael Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise with dinner in Danube, Hungary
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Explore Riverside Budapest

Admire the iconic and unexpected highlights of Budapest on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the famous Chain Bridge which connects the two ancient settlements that straddle the Danube, and the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district. Here, you can enjoy superb views across the Danube below to the imposing Parliament building. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before joining the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian dinner at our Be My Guest experience. Connect With Locals and hear the story of their winery.

Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Novotel Budapest Danube
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Join the Schieszl family for a Hungarian dinner at their winery in Budapest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian dinner and the story of their winery that dates back to the 19th century.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Chain Bridge over the Danube Budapest, Hungary
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Explore Szentendre in Budapest, Hungary
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque baroque town of Szentendre, set on the banks of...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Venture to Vienna

A leisurely start to your morning could see you joining an Optional Experience guided tour of the magnificent Parliament Building. Cross the hilly landscapes of Transdanubia stopping in Győr to soak up its baroque atmosphere. Arrive in Vienna for an evening at leisure to indulge in the captivating melodies, art and architecture of a city that was once home to famous composers.

Church in Gyor, Hungary
Accommodation Holiday Inn Vienna South
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Gyor Orientation, Gyor, Hungary
Györ Orientation

Absorb the medieval atmosphere of Györ.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Hungarian Parliament and Gundel restaurant in Budapest, Hungary
Guided Visit of the Hungarian Parliament and Danube Shoe Memorial

Visit the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building and discover the spectacular interior, learn about its history and understand why it is one of ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant with drinks and traditional musical entertainment Vienna Austria.
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

See the Sights of Vienna

Explore the imperial splendor of Vienna during your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist. Admire Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty, the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th-century to replace the city walls. Then, see the ornate colorful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons. Maybe, visit the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its tranquil gardens or enjoy Vienna's musical talents at one of the performances for which the city is famous.

View of Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Holiday Inn Vienna South
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Off to Picturesque Salzburg

The enchanting landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley provide a picturesque backdrop for our leisurely drive past vineyards and fortresses en route to Salzburg. We see the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey perched on a rocky outcrop above the Danube and learn about its royal connections. Arriving in Salzburg, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of its Old Town with a Local Specialist. Dine in your hotel this evening.

Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Arcotel Castellani
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience See with a Local Specialist some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Lake and mountain tour in Salzburg, Austria
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Eagles Nest and Bavarian alps tour in Kehlsteinhaus, Germany
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Berchtesgaden and Hohenringstrasse, Germany
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Return to Munich

Leave Austria behind, bound for the Bavarian Capital, Munich. This evening, we celebrate an unforgettable journey through some of Europe's most memorable cities during dinner with your travel companions and Travel Director.

Friedensengel, Munich, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Royal
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Farewell Munich

For now, it's time to say a fond Auf Wiedersehen to Germany, your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience. 

Siegestor in Munich, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Regensburg

Visit Regensburg and explore this enchanting UNESCO-listed town at your leisure. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Rooftop Bees in Prague

Join Jindřiška Hinge for a fun workshop on beekeeping and the rooftop bee projects in Prague. Explore bee foraging habitats, learn about bee-flower...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bratislava Orientation

Explore Bratislava's city center. Take a walk through the charming squares and see the iconic Michael Tower.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian dinner and the story of their winery that dates back to the 19th century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Györ Orientation

Absorb the medieval atmosphere of Györ.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

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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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg
Discover Munich, Regensburg, Bratislava and Győr
View the Marienplatz in Munich, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Imperial Boulevards of Vienna
See Melk Abbey

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
Prague Evening Panorama

Join a Local Specialist for an evening introduction to the city of spires as you explore the streets and scenes on your private tram (streetcar). G...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting cit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know glorious Prague.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque baroque town of Szentendre, set on the banks of...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Visit of the Hungarian Parliament and Danube Shoe Memorial

Visit the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building and discover the spectacular interior, learn about its history and understand why it is one of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Eastern Europe

  • Official Language(s) used across in Eastern Europe: Polish is the official language of Poland, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, Slovak is the official language of Slovakia, Serbian is the official language of Serbia, Romanian is the official language of Romania, Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, Lithuanian is the official language of Lithuania; Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian is the official of Croatia, and Latvian is the official language of Latvia.
  • Currency used in Balkans: The Hungarian Forint (HUF) is used in Hungary, the Polish Złoty is used in Poland, the Euro (€) is used in Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia, the Serbian Dinar is used in Serbia, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is used in Bosnia, and the Romanian Leu (RON) is used in Romania, and the Croatian Kuna (HRK) is used in Croatia.
  • Capital Cites: Warsaw (Portland), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zagreb (Croatia), and Riga (Latvia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Balkans: Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Bulgaria and Romania use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Eastern Europe passport, visa, and entry requirement information 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 Balkans
  • 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.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

Hungary has a temperate continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F), and occasional heatwaves can lead to higher temperatures. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and frosty conditions are common. Spring and autumn offer mild and pleasant temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly more precipitation in the summer months. Hungary also experiences occasional thunderstorms during the summer season.

Slovakia has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm with temperatures averaging around 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, especially in the mountainous regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) bring mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C (50 to 59°F). Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter summers. The mountainous terrain can influence local microclimates, with variations in temperature and precipitation across different regions of the country.

Serbia has a moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing, especially in the northern regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, particularly in the mountainous areas. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and moderate rainfall. The climate varies across the country due to its diverse geographical features, with the southern regions experiencing a more Mediterranean influence and the northern areas having a stronger continental climate.

Romania's climate is predominantly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall in many regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall. The Carpathian Mountains influence the climate, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation to the central and western parts of the country. The coastal regions along the Black Sea experience a more moderate maritime climate with milder winters and hotter summers compared to the inland areas.

Bulgaria has a diverse climate influenced by its location between the Black Sea and the Balkan Mountains. The climate is mainly continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Coastal regions have a milder maritime climate with cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, and snowfall is common, especially in the mountainous regions. Summers are generally dry and sunny, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The country experiences moderate precipitation, with more rain in the spring and autumn months.

Lithuania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transition seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The country's proximity to the Baltic Sea moderates the climate, leading to milder winters and cooler summers compared to other inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can vary from year to year due to the influence of weather systems coming from both the sea and the continent.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Latvia has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The proximity of the Baltic Sea influences the climate, leading to cooler summers and milder winters compared to inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can be variable and are affected by both maritime and continental air masses.

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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Joyce Armogan Hanson
Review date: Sunday, July 7, 2024
Service
Friendly and easy. Answered all concerns in detail.
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So much to see, how quickly the time went by. So much to learn from our guide Dean who was a wealth of knowledge. Fantastic experience.
Leena Chakrabarti
Review date: Sunday, June 23, 2024
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, June 9, 2024
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Gail Karpf
Review date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Service
Lisa, our booking specialist, was always ready to answer any of our questions. We were grateful for her concern. While on the trip, we all made use of What's App, introduced to us by our guide extraordinaire, Kate. She kept us informed of our schedules, as well well as any changes that arose. It also provided us with a space to post photos, as well well as comments and concerns. Our needs were always met with kindness and care.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your lovely comments about Lisa and our team. We will be sure to share them with all involved. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your trip and loved seeing your photos!
Monday, June 17, 2024
Vacation
We had such a glorious time! The care, competence, and kindness shown by our travel director, Kate, and our bus driver, Dusan, spread to all of us, over the course of our journey together. Visiting the wonders of Eastern Europe, we were awed by the beauty of the sights and sounds. The best part of the trip, however, was forming friendships with the other members of our group. We have memories to last a lifetime!
Richard Karpf
Review date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Service
Easy and polite. The booking staff was always able to answer any questions that we had, and got back to us promptly with details.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get better than a trip of a lifetime! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for choosing Grand European Travel.
Friday, June 14, 2024
Vacation
Beautiful cities, very good hotels, extremely comfortable coach. The guide and the driver made this trip a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just great!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Service
Enjoyed all the excursions.
Vacation
We had a great trip with Dean Smart an Julius driver.
Nan Barton
Review date: Sunday, April 28, 2024
Service
Rob provided great service in booking my trip and letting me know what to expect. He made the process easy and I had nothing to worry about.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind words about our team! We will be sure to share them and we appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback.
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Vacation
The travel Director, Andy Major, was wonderful. He made the trip truly enjoyable. Our driver was also fantastic. He handled the bus very smoothly and got us where we needed to go in a timely fashion. The location specialist were also informative, friendly, and added a great deal to the trip.
Melvin Acosta Zapata
Review date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Service
My wife and I had an awesome experience as we celebrated 33 years of marriage. Arne was amazing, his sense of humor and knowledge was incredible. The local specialist were awesome too so I have no complaints. My only concern and maybe was because I was maybe one of the few who prepaid the tips or gratuities for the driver and travel specialist that is was emphasized multiple times and felt kinda obligated to do it again. Again it might it be that not to many of the travelers actually prepaid them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy you spent your anniverary on one of our trips. Glad it went well and that you enjoyed yourselves.
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Vacation
We had a great time as I said in the line below
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
Service
Amazing experience
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so amazing to hear. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
Monday, November 6, 2023
Vacation
Convenient, safe, informative! Justine, our TD, was just amazing! She is sweet, organized, provided clear instructions, & a travel expert! Our driver, Bladjev is also professional, expert driver, & kept us safe/comfortable. I cant tell you how much fun we had! We met other amazing people & the experiences, local experts, optional activities changed our perspectivr about traveling in a great way. Just got back & we're ready to book for more trips with Trafalgar!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 8, 2023
Service
The travel specialists were very professional and answered all of my questions- however minor they may have been. Always polite!
Response from Grand European Travel:
On behalf of the whole team at GET, we thank you and are so happy that you had a wonderful trip.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Vacation
Bern was fantastic!!!! Everything was well planned and we had so much fun while we were learning the history of these beautiful countries. Our local guides were great as well. It was a trip of a lifetime.
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