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Imperial Highlights

9 Day Europe Tour to Prague, Budapest & Vienna

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10 Days
5 Countries

Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria

8 Cities

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

12 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Active

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

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

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Cathedrals, castles, cobbled lanes, and the mighty Danube – this stately 10 day sojourn through the imperial capitals of Europe will see you visit Bohemian Prague, the eclectic Slovakian capital of Bratislava and Mozart’s Vienna and Salzburg. You’ll encounter a multicultural crossroads in Budapest, the medieval treasures of Regensburg and the sounds of 'Do-Re-Mi' in the Mirabell Gardens.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Munich

Say Prost to Germany's beer capital and hello to a glorious encounter with the imperial capitals of central Europe. After settling in to your hotel, meet up with your Travel Director and hit the streets with an orientation tour of the city. Munich's church spires tower over the rest of the city, a nod to an age-old custom that places the city's history and artistry above modernity and you’ll love soaking up Munich’s old-world Bavarian charm. See the elegant Marienplatz featuring the Old and New Town Hall and watch the famous performance of the Glockenspiel which shares the stories of a royal wedding, jousting knights and the dance of the coopers. With the rest of the evening to explore Munich your way, why not head to an outdoor Biergarten for a stein and plenty of good times in the buzzing atmosphere.

Friedensengel, Munich, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Munich City South

Day 2

Munich – Regensburg – Prague

Your first stop today is in the UNESCO-listed town of Regensburg with its beautifully preserved medieval center and gothic cathedral which overlooks the town's historic façades and Danube river. Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, we’ll visit Prague later, famed as the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Brothers Grimm fairy tale and you can turn up the magic even more with a stroll through the illuminated city at night on an Optional Experience. Your introduction to Prague will reveal all the highlights of its historic streets, followed by a drink at a favorite local pub celebrating the crisp brews for which Prague is so famous.

Old town of Regensburg, Germany
Accommodation Ibis Praha Mala Strana Prague
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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 we explore the streets and scenes on our private tram (streetcar). Gaz...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Prague sightseeing and free time

Today you’ll travel back in time as we dive into Prague's history. Your Local Specialist will lead the way on your sightseeing tour featuring the stunning Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town Square. With the rest of the afternoon free to explore Prague your way, why not head back to the Old Town Square to watch the Astronomical Clock's magical hourly Walk of the Apostles perhaps with a toasty trdelník in hand. Or see another beautiful side of the city from the water, with an optional lunch cruise along the Vltava that will reveal the legends, myths and hidden secrets of this enchanting city.

Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Ibis Praha Mala Strana Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise on River Vltava in Prague, Czech Republic
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Step inside a hidden world of scintillating secrets, legends and myths of Prague with a relaxing cruise on the River Vltava. Offering insight to en...

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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

Top your day off with an evening of great food and music, with an evening out in one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Beer tasting in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Brews

Traveling through the Czech Republic, you’ll discover the ultimate beverage of choice for the locals is a nice cold beer - and no tour of Prague is...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Prague – Bratislava – Budapest

Your journey through the medieval kingdom of Moravia this morning leads through southern Czech Republic into Slovakia where you’ll stop briefly in its capital, Bratislava. See the Old Town and its 15th-century Old Town Hall before continuing to Budapest, whose two halves straddle the beautiful Danube River. With your evening free, why not begin your exploration of the 'Paris of the East' on the water with an optional private dinner cruise featuring Hungarian specialties and unforgettable views of the illuminated city.

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Ibis Budapest Castle Hill
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise with dinner in Danube, Hungary
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube, with spectacular views of Budapest’s breathtaking cityscape. You’ll savor a tasty...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Budapest sightseeing and free time

Today is all about unearthing the multicultural melting pot that shaped this European crossroads. You’ll kick things off with a sightseeing tour of Budapest with your Local Specialist. With the rest of the day to explore as you please, the question is really where to start? Perhaps join an optional tour to the medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube, or choose an Optional Experience this evening that will have you kicking up your heels with a traditional Hungarian dinner and colorful folklore and music.

Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Ibis Budapest Castle Hill
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Explore Szentendre in Budapest, Hungary
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Hungarian and Gypsy Folklore show with dinner in Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian And Gypsy Folklore Show And Dinner

Enjoy an authentic travel experience in Budapest with an evening of traditional music and Hungarian dinner with drinks in a local restaurant. You'l...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Budapest – Győr – Vienna

Perhaps take the opportunity to join our pre-reserved morning visit to the most expensively built Parliament in Europe, and home to the legendary Hungarian Crown. Cross the hilly Transdanubia region bound for Győr, located midway between Budapest and Vienna. Next stop is the Austrian capital itself where art, architecture and above all music hit all the right notes for an inspiring evening.

St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Senator Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant with drinks and traditional musical entertainment Vienna Austria.
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

As the cultural capital of Austria, Vienna is the home of unique travel experiences. Take your tour to the next level with dinner in an atmospheric...

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Optional Experiences

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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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Vienna sightseeing and free time

This morning, perhaps join an Optional Experience guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, one of the most influential royal families in Europe. Vienna has held on to her regal roots as you'll come to discover when you meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour around the city. Continue your love affair with the music of Vienna this evening with an Optional Experience that will see you enjoying dinner and the symphonies and sonatas of Mozart and Strauss.

Strauss Monument in Stadt Park in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Senator Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the striking palatial rooms and gardens of the Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn, with a Local Specialist to bring the histo...

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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

Vienna – Salzburg

Today we’ll follow the Danube Valley, snap some gorgeous shots then continue to Salzburg, where it’s all about uncovering the city’s rich history and musical past. Your Local Specialist will lead the charge as you go in search of 'The Sound of Music' and you’ll take a stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, where the von Trapp children once sang 'Do-Re-Mi'. This afternoon, continue your exploration of this gorgeous city your way. Perhaps treat your cultural side to a few hours spent wandering through the Baroque-filled Old Town to see the Cathedral where Mozart was baptised. You can even visit his nearby birthplace on Getreidegasse, which has been turned into a museum documenting his incredible life.

Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Austria Trend Salzburg Messe
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Salzburg – Munich

Wave goodbye to Austria this morning as Bavaria beckons once again. You’ll have plenty of chances to explore the spectacular alpine region with a morning Optional Experience on your Europe value tour. Get out there on a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, climbing over 1,500 meters along one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Europe. Or visit Hitler's retreat known as the Eagle's Nest and learn about its infamous history as you admire the stunning mountain views. Later you'll return to Munich and enjoy a final dinner together.

Platzl Square in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Munich City South
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Berchtesgaden and Hohenringstrasse, Germany
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Take a tour that blends significant history with stunning natural beauty, as we journey into the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hi...

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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'll...

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Optional Experiences

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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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Depart Munich

With the wonderful hospitality of your Bavarian hosts still fresh in your mind, you'll spend your final moments in Munich reminiscing over a journey filled with Europe's imperial capitals and all their incredible history, culture and nature. Say a fond Pfiat Di to your new friends and prepare for your onward journey home. 

Explore Munich's local and historical sites, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

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

Optional Experiences

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

Optional Experience
Prague Evening Panorama

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

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

Step inside a hidden world of scintillating secrets, legends and myths of Prague with a relaxing cruise on the River Vltava. Offering insight to en...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner In Prague

Top your day off with an evening of great food and music, with an evening out in one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Prague Brews

Traveling through the Czech Republic, you’ll discover the ultimate beverage of choice for the locals is a nice cold beer - and no tour of Prague is...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube, with spectacular views of Budapest’s breathtaking cityscape. You’ll savor a tasty...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hungarian And Gypsy Folklore Show And Dinner

Enjoy an authentic travel experience in Budapest with an evening of traditional music and Hungarian dinner with drinks in a local restaurant. You'l...

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

As the cultural capital of Austria, Vienna is the home of unique travel experiences. Take your tour to the next level with dinner in an atmospheric...

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
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the striking palatial rooms and gardens of the Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn, with a Local Specialist to bring the histo...

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
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Take a tour that blends significant history with stunning natural beauty, as we journey into the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hi...

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'll...

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

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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Independent Reviews
Rosemary Yale
Review date: Sunday, August 27, 2023
Service
Our travel director Craig was fantastic. He really was nice funny and intelligent. The bus driver was wonderful also helpful. Local guided spoke excellent English.
Vacation
Learning made easy. This trip gives you a great deal of history lessons and it helps you piece it together.!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Service
The team accommodates our changes of plan many times. Barb is really helpful to arrange shuttle service from/to the airport for my family even we only have one big suitcase.
Vacation
Most days were sunny n comfortable. It was not crowded most of the time also. Too bad that it was raining when in Salzburg that made our tour short.
Linda Hughes
Review date: Sunday, May 21, 2023
Service
Easy to book. All questions addressed by the agent
Vacation
Most hotels were adequate except for the last one in Salzburg which I would not recommend to anyone. The food was too basic with little choice and the rooms and bath were not adequate. Other hotels had excellent choices at breakfast and the rooms, although small, were adequate and clean. The sightseeing spots chosen were excellent although too much time was allowed for shopping (most were ready for the bus early and waiting for pickup) and not enough to see some of the sights.
Donna Francisco
Review date: Monday, May 30, 2022
Service
They were always helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed the Passion Play. It is quite a production indeed! Thank you for leaving your review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Vacation
Interesting cities and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
Service was top notch and the whole process was very smooth and efficient. I would use them again for my travel needs.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to hear about our top notch service and how much you enjoyed your trip. Thank you!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
The Imperial Highlights tour had a great itinerary and our Tour Director Maja and bus driver Frank did a wonderful job. We had a great group of travelers from all over and everyone got along well. The trip went by so quickly - that is how well we enjoyed it.
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