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Journey Along the Civil Rights Trail

9 Day USA Tour of the American South

Journey Along The Civil Rights Trail
9 Days
1 Country

United States

6 Cities

Memphis, Jackson, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Atlanta

14 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 2 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 48-52
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Travel to the American South and immerse yourself in its music, art, food and stories, while meeting locals, exploring the sights, and hearing moving first-hand stories from the Civil Rights Movement. Meet activists, visit museums, devour delicious cuisine and pay your respects on this vibrant cultural journey. 

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Day 1

Arrive Memphis

If you've always wanted to explore America and the southern states, Memphis is a great place to start your trip! You can't help falling in love with the city, known for its musical history of rock 'n' roll, soul and the blues. Legendary performers like Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, B.B. King who influenced all graced these streets, and you'll be instantly swept up in its vibe. Arriving early? Don't miss the chance to explore, just be back in time for our Welcome Reception. It's here you'll meet your Travel Director, fellow travelers and future friends, all eager for the adventure that awaits and the characters you'll meet on this rich history tour.

Guitar shop in Memphis, USA
Accommodation The Central Station Memphis
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Memphis Sightseeing

Today is all about exploring the city's treasures through a local's lens on our African American History and Culture Tour. With our Local Specialist, you'll embark on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience exploring the struggles and triumphs, music and movements, legends and heroes and their tireless fight for human rights both past and present. We'll get our bearings heading past the Memphis Pyramid, the historic Peabody Hotel and Beale Street before arriving at the Lorraine Motel, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968. Today it's home to the National Civil Rights Museum. Take your time exploring this interactive space and its eye-opening exhibits that showcase five centuries of history, leaving you with a better understanding of the mark it's left on the world today. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum housed in an antebellum home is up next. A shocking and moving experience, you'll gain incredible insight into the slave trade, learn about the network of secret routes and safe houses and those who fought to free those enslaved. You can even descend into the very tunnels where people risked their lives to chase freedom. Your Memphis sightseeing continues at The Historic Mason Temple where, the day before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop". Today ends with an exclusive, private experience at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, providing after-hours access to learn about the rich cultural legacy of soul and its roots in gospel. Interactive, sensory and fun, you'll hear the stories and, of course, music as you make your way around the museum. You'll feel good knowing your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps support the Soulsville Foundation, educating and inspiring future artists to reach their dreams.

Wall of records in Memphis, USA
Accommodation The Central Station Memphis
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture African American History and culture tour in Memphis, USA
African American History Tour

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, USA
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum

The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most visible spoke...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit The Stax Museum of American Soul in Memphis, USA
Explore The Stax Museum of American Music

Enjoy a special after hours experience as you tour the museum of American Soul. This museum is a part of the Soulsville Foundation which "The Souls...

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Day 3

Memphis to Jackson via the Mississippi Delta

With the sound of soul still firmly in your memory, depart Memphis this morning and travel through the Mississippi Delta, hitting stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Heading down Highway 61 for the next leg of our Civil Rights Tour, we'll Dive Into Culture in Clarksdale starting at the Delta Blues Museum, leaving you inspired by the musicians that kicked off the blues genre and the passionate locals keeping it alive today. Enjoy an exclusive lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club® including a performance from a local Blues musician. Further south, we'll make a stop in Greenwood, a hub for Civil Rights activity in the 1950s and 1960s. Finally, we will make a stop at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center for a guided tour before arriving in Jackson where you can enjoy an evening of leisure and rest.

Man singing in Blues Club in Memphis, USA
Accommodation Drury Inn & Suites Jackson (Ridgeland)
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Explore The Delta Blues Museum

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Day 4

Jackson to Birmingham

Today MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®  as you visit the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, formerly the headquarters of the Movement in Mississippi. Opened by Jackson State University in 2011, you'll come away appreciating the Center's role in learning from the past while influencing the next generation of leaders. Later you will meet an archivist from the Margaret Walker Center (MWC) at Jackson State University, the center seeks to preserve and honor Margaret Walker's academic, artistic, and activist legacy through archival collections, exhibits, and public programs. Then MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®  as you follow the stories of Emmett Till and so many others, which are illustrated through the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Through personal stories and interactive displays, it provides a sobering look into the systematic oppression of Black Mississippians and their fight for equality between 1945 and 1970.

Next, you'll make your way to Birmingham and the rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Hungry for some southern eats? Your travel director can recommend their favorite spots for Southern cooking, depending on what you're craving

Fried chicken in Jackson, USA
Accommodation Redmont Birmingham
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Follow the stories of Emmett Till and so many others, which are illustrated through the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi C...

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Day 5

Birmingham Sightseeing

With a full day of sightseeing in Birmingham ahead, your Local Specialist will help paint a vivid picture of the city Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once described as "probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States". Starting at the top of Red Mountain you'll Dive into Culture, as our expert Local Specialist guide shares their passion for the city's key sights. Start by taking in the views from above at Vulcan's torch, the 56-foot (17m) tall cast-iron statue of the Roman god, built to reflect the city's roots in the iron and steel industry. There's time to explore Vulcan Park and Museum before heading back into the city to see the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

We then visit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. After lunch, head on a driving tour and see Birmingham jail, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held and wrote his renowned "Letter from Birmingham Jail", followed by Dynamite Hill, Linn Park, Freedom Riders attack site, and the Black Business District. If you've wanted to learn about the power and emotion of American gospel music, this evenings Dive in to Culture experience is your perfect introduction. Under the guidance of Alabama's talented Carlton Reese Choir, you'll learn about the importance of song and music to African American communities in the South. You'll love speaking with them to hear the choir's history, the origins of Gospel, the role of 'freedom songs' and the connection with slavery and how the choir supported the movement and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his visits to the states. 

Statue in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, USA
Accommodation Redmont Birmingham
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit The Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, USA
Visit The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

At the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute you'll learn about the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture See the Carlton Reese Choir in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Experience The Carlton Reese Choir

This evening at dinner you'll begin to learn about the importance of song and music in the African American community from Carlton Reese Choir.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 6

Birmingham to Selma to Montgomery

We may only be six days into our Civil Rights journey through the American South, but there's still so much more to see. As we take to the road this morning, you'll no doubt reflect on the significance of our next destination, Selma. The Selma to Montgomery March marked a defining point in the Voting Rights Movement and you'll start today's journey with an incredible insight into the Civil Rights Movement with a local activist and speaker. This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime interaction, hearing the realities and struggles of growing up as an African American in the segregated South. Our next stop is the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where the first mass meeting of the Voting Rights Movement was held in 1963 and our guide, a passionate storyteller, will lead the way explaining the role of the church, its members and how they invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma in 1964. Nothing can quite prepare you for the feeling of walking in the footsteps of the tireless heroes of the Civil Rights Movement as you cross Edmund Pettus Bridge. A monumental sight recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it's here that thousands of peaceful protestors marched for voting rights before the tragic "Bloody Sunday" beatings of March 7, 1972. These televised attacks changed the course of history. End the day paying respects at the Lowndes Interpretive Center, dedicated to those who peacefully marched the Selma-Montgomery route, before arriving at our home for the next two nights, Montgomery.

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, USA
Accommodation Drury Inn & Suites (Montgomery)
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Take a guided walking tour of Selma, Alabama, USA
Discover Selma With an Activist Guide

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Day 7

Montgomery Sightseeing

Waking up in Alabama's capital city, you'll appreciate taking the time to get to know its history while experiencing its modern-day buzz. Best known as the center of the movement, we'll visit some of the city's most influential museums. We start the day's adventures at the Legacy Museum learning about the horrific story of tens of thousands of African Americans trafficked during the 19th century. Next up is Court Square before reaching the Rosa Parks Museum, a memorial to Montgomery NAACP chapter leader, heroic trailblazer and symbol of the movement, who refused to vacate her seat on the bus in 1955. Before the day draws to a close, we make our final stop at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Using sculpture, art and design the memorial tells stories of the past in such an important city. Later, enjoy a group dinner at historic Bricklayers Hall, at 530 South Union Street in Montgomery, Alabama is a two-story, flat-roofed, brick office building and union hall. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2020 for its association with the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). The MIA achieved national significance during the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that began in early December 1955 and played an important role in the development of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century. Built in 1954 by the local African American bricklayers' union, it stands within the Centennial Hill neighborhood, a historically black neighborhood in Montgomery.

National Memorial in Montgomery, USA
Accommodation Drury Inn & Suites (Montgomery)
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Montgomery to Tuskegee to Atlanta

It's hard to believe it's our last full day on our history and culture tour. A change in scenery awaits as we travel to Tuskegee, AL, to Connect With Locals at the home of Sandy Taylor. Exclusive to Trafalgar, today is all about a true warm Southern welcome at this Be My Guest experience brunch of her favorite dishes using locally grown produce and recipes from agricultural scientist George Washington Carver. You'll appreciate the hard work and passion as you learn how Sandy and her husband Harvey lovingly restored their mansion built in 1855 and hear stories about what it means to be African American owners of a historic property that was once an antebellum estate. Reaching our last destination, your time here begins with Atlanta sightseeing, starting with a moving walk along the International Civil Rights Walks of Fame, featuring national icons including Rosa Parks, Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Jimmy Carter. It's our last night together, so no doubt there will be a few tears as we share a hearty Farewell Dinner, plenty of stories and toast the last eight incredible days.

Rosa Parks Statue in Montgomery, USA
Accommodation The American Hotel Atlanta Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest
Brunch at an Antebellum Home

Brunch and southern hospitality is in store for you at the restored antebellum home of Ms. Sandy Taylor, a retired Superintendent of the National Park Service.

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Be My Guest

Day 9

Depart Atlanta

As your south USA tour comes to a memorable end, the travel highlight of this trip will no doubt be one final tribute to the Civil Rights hero himself, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we will learn even more about his story starting at his birthplace, see where he played as a child and hear his voice in the church where he shaped both hearts and minds. Our last stop of the trip is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park to pay our respects at the place he was laid to rest. A true force for social change, you'll love ending the trip learning even more about his work fighting for change in education, justice and perseverance for freedom before his assassination in 1968. Before you head home, take a moment to reflect over the past nine days in the American South: the memories, connections, the stories you've heard, significance of the places, and your deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on today. We will return to the Atlanta hotel by noon; departing to Atlanta International Airport by 1pm. Please note flights should be booked for no earlier than 3pm.

The skyline of Atlanta in the USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dive Into Culture
African American History Tour

A local specialist will share stories of Memphis' past and present through the lens of African American history and current cultural treasures that...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum

The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most visible spoke...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Explore The Stax Museum of American Music

Enjoy a special after hours experience as you tour the museum of American Soul. This museum is a part of the Soulsville Foundation which "The Souls...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore The Delta Blues Museum

Visit the Delta Blues Museum and Dive Into Culture as you learn about the story of the blues. You'll be inspired by the musicians that kicked off t...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Follow the stories of Emmett Till and so many others, which are illustrated through the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi C...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

At the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute you'll learn about the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Experience The Carlton Reese Choir

This evening at dinner you'll begin to learn about the importance of song and music in the African American community from Carlton Reese Choir.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover Selma With an Activist Guide

Take a tour and listen to a discussion lead by a local specialist here at Brown Chapel AME Church the starting point for voting rights marches incl...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Brunch at an Antebellum Home

Brunch and southern hospitality is in store for you at the restored antebellum home of Ms. Sandy Taylor, a retired Superintendent of the National Park Service.

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
All transport and transfers shown
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 Memphis, Selma & Birmingham with a Local Specialist, Key stops along the Mississippi Delta
View Mississippi Blues Trail, Mississippi Freedom Trail
Visit National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Jackson, Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Tuskegee, Atlanta

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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:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • 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: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

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

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. 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 most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

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 are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. 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.

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 traveling.

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 COVID, 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 of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/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/day is listed in your travel documents.

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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